Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Whatever Wednesday - Progress Report. Please?

I don't know how many people actually check out my blog to find out what I'm doing, but just in case...

On the homefront - About the middle of January my computer told me BACK UP NOW, Your Hard Drive is broken.

Yep - you got it.  I didn't back up.  I now have a new computer, but I've been unsuccessful in accessing my broken computer.  I've not given up yet, even though I'm frustrated beyond explanation.  (All of my pictures of my babies might be lost - yes, I am more sick about this than the loss of my books.)

Since I've gotten my new computer I've been trying to learn the different programs that came with it.  I no longer have Microsoft Word and am learning Pages and Numbers instead of Word and Excel.  They are very similar, but still...

We've been dealing with cold weather this year.  I'm considering making some strawberry jam in the middle of winter to remind me warmer weather will come.  Some of you might know we lost a couple of our huge trees to a storm in October.  The main tree has been cut up and most of it pulled off of the garage, but the clean up is going to probably take all spring and all summer.  I need to get out and take more pictures since I no longer have any. *pouts*

In my book world - For those of you worried about book five.  It was mostly unaffected because it's still mostly in the outlining and planning stages, and what I did have written is easily recalled.  I keep getting ideas of things I want to incorporate into the story and I find myself plotting in my head or ACTUAL paper (or my white board.)

Also, in the bookish world - I've been asked to do a presentation for a local writers group on self-publishing.  I'm excited and nervous.  By the time you read this I will have already presented.  At least they won't be handing me a microphone.  I've found I'm okay at speaking to crowds, unless you hand me a microphone.  Go figure.  I'm hoping this presentation goes great and helps some more of our local authors find their footing in the publishing world.

After publishing Traces I took a short break to do some reading and read SEEKer by R. Mac Wheeler, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the Divergent series by Veronica Rath, The Tiger - Deadly if Aroused by Patrick Phelps, and My Mr. Rochester (a five part serial - part five yet to be released) by L.K. Rigel.  I enjoyed them all, but the only one I will not read again will be the Divergent series.

I still have tons of books to read, but the next ones on my list are:
SEEKer 2 by R. Mac Wheeler (I adore the characters in this series and REALLY need to get off my butt and read it)

The fifth episode of My Mr. Rochester by L.K. Rigel (almost can't stand the wait)

Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell (I've already read this one, but it's out in audio now and it's waiting to take me away again)

And then we have the one I WILL read while I'm writing because it's for research (and entertainment) Civilian Warriors by Erik Prince.  I have this one on audio as well and have already started it.  I'm enjoying it so far.  I've always been interested in Private Military Corporations and BlackWater in particular.  I once wrote a short online article about BlackWater and the firearms training classes they offer.  See that article here.

And here ends my progress update.  Not a lot to report, but I am still here and plodding along.


  1. yes...get off your butt and read SEEker 2. Of course you'll love it.

    So sorry to hear about your computer problems. Argh, gack, what a pain. My heart is with you.

    1. I know I'm going to love SEEker 2! I'm going to finish up Civilian Warriors and it is my plan to read SEEker after that.

  2. Let's start with the hard drive. Popular Mechanics has a good site on how to recover a hard drive:

    Stellar has Windows Drive Recovery software:

    Click the Free Download button under Windows Data Recovery Software. That is if the drive will spool up for you.

    I recommend for online backup. I use it and it works great. I just backup every night before I turn off the computer. You can also try Dropbox. I use Dropbox to store my book editing projects so that I don't lose them. I can also share my updates/changes with my book clients so that they can pull them up right away and see what I have done. They also drop their books to Dropbox for me to retrieve to work on them.

    I will have to try Civilian Warriors - right up my alley also.

    Good luck! If nothing else, call around to your local computer repair shops (NOT a "Big Box" store!!! Especially NOT Best Buy - their "repair men" are horribly trained and will mess up more than they fix). I have a local computer guy that I rely on for everything who is wonderful. He has saved my bacon multiple times - yes, even with a drive I didn't back up!

    1. Thank you for the wonderful info! I run a Mac, so I know some of the suggestions won't work for me, such as the Windows Drive Recovery software, but I DID buy a 3T backup device for my new computer. Mac has a built in "Time Machine" that backs up automatically every hour. Just wish I'd utilized Time Machine on my last computer. I do think I'm at the point of getting an outside eye on it. I can't even get the computer to boot up. Blue screen sadness at my house. Another friend suggested a recovery software for Linux (basically what Macs use - I guess), but it just doesn't matter if I can't get the computer to recognize anything.

      I'm really enjoying Civilian Warriors. I've even cried a couple of times already. He does a great job of pulling on your heart strings when he should.

  3. Hi JC, could you please tell me when book 5 of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles will be released? I just finished book 4 and can't wait for the next to come out!

    1. I don't have a release date, I'm sorry. I am working on it and will try to post progress reports and I'll definitely be posting about it when I get close to being finished.


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